Top 5 Tips for Baby Bath time
Ask any parent and they will tell you- the end of the day is the best part of the day! We’re referring to bath time of course- such a special time to bond with your baby, connect with your toddler and- yes- get them ready for a good night’s sleep. The thing is though, nobody really teaches you how to bath your baby safely, or how to make it as easy as possible either. There are some things you just have to learn as you go along, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give you a helping hand. Here are our top five baby bath time tips-let us know what you think!
Get everything ready before you start.This one is all the more important when you’re bathing young babies, as you’re going to need two hands to do it safely. Tiny babies are very wriggly and slippery when they’re wet! Make sure you have everything you need for a happy baby bath time before you even run the tap- a warm towel to wrap baby in, nappy and clothes for afterwards, equipment for a feed afterwards, a cushion or towel to kneel on, bath toys, etc. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the room is nice and warm too.
Always follow safety guidance at bath time.Make sure you never leave your baby unattended at bath time, and never ask older siblings to supervise for even a moment. Always check the temperature of the bath water, and swish it to disperse any hot spots before your bay gets in. It’s also recommended that you don’t overfill the bath too- see here for more guidance on safety at bath time.
Clean bath toys regularly.
This one is so important. Lots of bath toys tend to collect water inside them, which promotes the growth of that yucky black gunk that you really don’t want your baby getting their hands on! It’s a good idea to inspect your bath toys before each bath time, clean them after every use and ensure that you allow them to dry properly too. We recommend using our Sticky Stopper antibacterial spray to ensure your bath toys are sparkly clean and safe to use again and again.
Make sure you squeeze the toys to remove any water that’s lurking inside after play time, spray, clean and air dry ready for next time.
Make it fun!While we’re on the topic of toys (see previous tip)… Bath time should be fun! Bath toys are a great way to enhance the experience- but you can also bring other items from around the house into the bathroom too. Explore during with sieves, jugs, cups and other items. Play music, sing songs, create a gorgeous sensory experience with underwater lights… there are so many possibilities! Make bath time a part of the day that you and your baby looks forward to every day!
Practise swimming skills.Did you know that essential swimming skills can actually be taught at home in the bath tub? Use this time to help your baby gain confidence in the pool, by gently pouring water over their head at a bath time, and encouraging them to blow bubbles in the water when older. Praise them each time they learn a new trick, using lots of positive feedback and- of course- smiles!